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Economic Perspectives, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2016
What Does Online Job Search Tell Us about the Labor Market?

This article finds that in 2011, online job search was much more prevalent and significantly more effective in helping job seekers gain employment than about a decade earlier. Moreover, it shows that online job search data generally capture the aggregate patterns of the U.S. labor market. The authors discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using these data for research, and summarize related studies.



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